Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mike Grandmaison's Prarie and Beyond



Many think of the prairie as boring flatland, but for those who take the time to really “see” it and appreciate it, our home is a wonderful, beautiful place.  This is obvious in Mike Grandmaison’s Prairie and beyond.  The book is a stunning, photographic accomplishment.

They say a good photograph tells a story, and in this book are found many stories.  The book is divided into 6 chapters, and these chapters show the diversity found on the prairie provinces: the grasslands;  drylands, forests, wetlands, mountains, and the subarctic.  Each photograph captures the beauty of an area and reminds us of how fragile our world is.

Everyone has a book they wish they had written.  This is my wish book.  Just as I did, Mike Grandmaison came to the prairie some 30 years ago from Northern Ontario.  In his introduction, he writes about those first impressions and the mark the prairies immediately made on his soul.  He is not alone in that reaction.

With thoughts beginning to turn to summer vacations and road trips, I thought it would be a good time to highlight a beautiful book, and find the inspiration to visit a part of Canada we have not always taken the time to really “see”.

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